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Clueless Gov. Blanco (even Mayor Nagin is dissing her)
Washington Times ^ | 09/07/2005 | milwguy

Posted on 09/07/2005 8:42:52 AM PDT by milwguy

Paul Simpson, a political blogger who lives in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, La., said he and other locals are puzzled by the governor's refusal to let the federal government temporarily command the state's National Guard. "I thought it was as standard as sunshine in California that the governor would tell the president, 'You have the Guard.' I thought that was a given," Mr. Simpson said. "She absolutely has no clue." Critics have long derided Mrs. Blanco for her tendency to call for studies and special commissions to find solutions for the state's biggest problems. In 2003, the Shreveport Times, in endorsing her Republican opponent for governor, Bobby Jindal, called Mrs. Blanco "indecisive" and "unprepared" for the rigors of the job.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blanco; govblanco; hurricankatrina; incompetence; katrina; katrinafailures; mayornagin; neworleans
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I can't wait for the Hurricane Katrina commission to convene. The thought of the incompetent Democractic establishment in New Orleans turning on each other is delicious. If this were not such a tradgedy where so many needlessly lost their lives due to these idiots, it would almost be funny.
1 posted on 09/07/2005 8:42:53 AM PDT by milwguy
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To: milwguy

Leadership by crying. An amazing new low.


2 posted on 09/07/2005 8:44:47 AM PDT by SteveMcKing ("I was born a Democrat. I expect I'll be a Democrat the day I leave this earth." -Zell Miller '04)
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To: milwguy

You think Louisiana is beginning to regret that they did not elect Bobby Jindal? He would have been tailor made for this situation.


3 posted on 09/07/2005 8:45:35 AM PDT by gridlock (IF YOU'RE NOT CATCHING FLAK, YOU'RE NOT OVER THE TARGET...)
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To: milwguy

Critics have long derided Mrs. Blanco for her tendency to call for studies and special commissions to find solutions for the state's biggest problems.

Typical liberal approach to any problem. Maybe Ms. Blanco was waiting for instructions from moveon before taking any action.


4 posted on 09/07/2005 8:46:25 AM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: milwguy; Admin Moderator
Title of this thread needs to be fixed: Mayor slams Blanco for stalling
5 posted on 09/07/2005 8:47:15 AM PDT by TBarnett34 (Hillary Clinton IS the Great Satan.)
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To: milwguy

We also thought that after the declaration of martial law (or equivalent) that the order of "looters will be shot on sight" was automatic as well.

Blanco showed us otherwise.


6 posted on 09/07/2005 8:47:32 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: SteveMcKing

Another angry and ugly feminist. When all else fails, cry. Great way to govern.


7 posted on 09/07/2005 8:47:54 AM PDT by RexBeach (Pardon me, but is that a malaise sandwich in your pocket or are you just glad to be in a funk?)
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To: TBarnett34

Both should be horse-whipped, then fired.


8 posted on 09/07/2005 8:48:05 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: edcoil

The buck don't stop in Loooosiana. Unless, of course, you've taken it upon yourself to threaten to punch out the President.


9 posted on 09/07/2005 8:48:42 AM PDT by TBarnett34 (Hillary Clinton IS the Great Satan.)
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To: milwguy

I think the openess of the Bush Administration to an investigation will make the liberals uneasy.


10 posted on 09/07/2005 8:49:08 AM PDT by Cathy
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To: milwguy

"But defenders say that this merely reflects Mrs. Blanco's deliberative temperament. Shortly after Mrs. Blanco took office, Dan Juneau, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, defended her as a woman who "likes to accumulate as much information as possible before finalizing a major decision.""

AMAZING - this is exactty how they described Clinton! And what "major decisions" did he ever make? Whether or not to --- in Monica's mouth?


11 posted on 09/07/2005 8:49:37 AM PDT by GianniV
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To: milwguy
Shreveport Times, in endorsing her Republican opponent for governor, Bobby Jindal

Listening to Jindal lately, I'd say the ballot for governor in Louisian should have been labelled Dumb and Dumber.

12 posted on 09/07/2005 8:50:21 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: gridlock
He would have been tailor made for this situation.

I disagree. He's joined all the other Louisiana Congresscritters in running about yelling "It's not my fault!"

13 posted on 09/07/2005 8:51:08 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: milwguy

Does Blanco's terrible response to Katrina make her a 'racist?' Does she 'not care about black people' just like President Bush?


14 posted on 09/07/2005 8:52:06 AM PDT by GianniV
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To: GianniV
Does Blanco's terrible response to Katrina make her a 'racist?' Does she 'not care about black people' just like President Bush?

Liberals can't be racist, only conservatives. Just ask Senator Byrd.
15 posted on 09/07/2005 8:53:38 AM PDT by Thrusher (Remember the Mog.)
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To: dirtboy
I disagree. He's joined all the other Louisiana Congresscritters in running about yelling "It's not my fault!"

Serious question. What power and authority does a congressman have in regardes to a state emergency, evacuation, national guard, US military, and relief efforts? I can't think of any.

16 posted on 09/07/2005 8:53:43 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: TBarnett34

I can't help but laugh at the Rats. They govern, they screw up, people die, and then they want to punch the President.


17 posted on 09/07/2005 8:54:56 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: SteveMcKing

Blanco was blubbering on TV before the levees even broke. Suck it up lady. I'm sick and tired of female leaders getting the "OK" from people for publicly crying, especially on live television. Crying is unacceptable if you are the governor of a state. People look to their leaders in times of crisis and to have the poor people of Louisiana seeing their leader blubbering on national TV must have made them feel really great about their future. No wonder some people think women shouldn't hold higher office--this was the worst possible example of a woman taking charge and remaining publicly stoic.


18 posted on 09/07/2005 8:54:58 AM PDT by cwiz24 (I worked very hard on this tagline.)
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To: dirtboy
Listening to Jindal lately, I'd say the ballot for governor in Louisian should have been labelled Dumb and Dumber.

That's the truth. He's been pitiful with his whining. Where the heck is David Vitter on any of this? All I hear is Landrieu threatening to punch the president.

19 posted on 09/07/2005 8:55:24 AM PDT by IrishGOP
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To: Cathy
I think the openess of the Bush Administration to an investigation will make the liberals uneasy.

I think you are right. When all the simpering and hysteria dies down, and a real investigation starts, the Dim's will say "let's just 'move on'(.org)".

They will scurry like the cockroaches they are when the bright lights shine on this mess.

20 posted on 09/07/2005 8:55:27 AM PDT by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: GianniV

Calling for commission to study also removes the responsibility from the governor to the commission.

In other words, she can't make decisions, does not want the responsibility and is totally unsuited for a governor during a crisis.


21 posted on 09/07/2005 8:55:42 AM PDT by ClancyJ (Life is a God-given inalienable right to all Americans - not just the chosen ones.)
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To: Phantom Lord
What power and authority does a congressman have in regardes to a state emergency, evacuation, national guard, US military, and relief efforts? I can't think of any.

If I was a Congressman of a state and the New Orleans disaster plan was as dismal as we've seen, I'd be yelling bloody murder. Long before a hurricane arrived.

Instead, when Jindal was asked what blame local and state authorities bore for this, he insisted it wasn't their fault.

So IMO he's part of the problem here.

22 posted on 09/07/2005 8:56:23 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: cwiz24

And this goes for male leaders too. The display put on by the President of Jefferson Parish was just as despicable as Blanco's performance. Crying in public is simply unacceptable.


23 posted on 09/07/2005 8:56:47 AM PDT by cwiz24 (I worked very hard on this tagline.)
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To: milwguy
It's obvious that this woman is in over her head. Too bad for the folks in Louisiana.
24 posted on 09/07/2005 8:57:14 AM PDT by mict42
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To: edcoil

"I'd horse whip you, if I had a horse!" -Groucho


25 posted on 09/07/2005 8:57:15 AM PDT by RexBeach (Pardon me, but is that a malaise sandwich in your pocket or are you just glad to be in a funk?)
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To: IrishGOP
Where the heck is David Vitter on any of this?

Blaming the feds as well.

None of this is any of their fault, apparently.

26 posted on 09/07/2005 8:57:21 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: milwguy
"[Blanco] likes to accumulate as much information as possible before finalizing a major decision." "She would rather be criticized for taking her time in finding the right approach than for shooting from the hip and moving in the wrong direction," Mr. Juneau wrote.

Did she ever come up with a way to save those peoples' lives? I guess that will have to wait while she comes up with a plan to raise the dead and turn back time.
27 posted on 09/07/2005 8:57:27 AM PDT by kenth (north Georgia mountains - prayers for all our neighbors in the gulf coast.)
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To: dirtboy

I'm not saying he isn't part of the problem. Hell, I don't even know who he is. But a congressman has little to no power and/or authority with regards to this situation.


28 posted on 09/07/2005 8:57:52 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: SteveMcKing
Leadership by crying. An amazing new low.

If there's anything worse than a hysterical woman it's a hysterical man, like that Aaron Broussard on "Meet the Press". I wanted to punch him in the face so bad...

29 posted on 09/07/2005 8:58:02 AM PDT by Skylab
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To: gridlock
He would have been tailor made for this situation.

He may have done a better job than Blanco, but what he seems to be doing now is running for Governor again instead of supporting the efforts of the government that he's already sworn an oath to. He and Vitter both need to stop whining.

30 posted on 09/07/2005 8:58:06 AM PDT by ShowMeMom (America: The home of the free because of the brave.)
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31 posted on 09/07/2005 8:58:43 AM PDT by evets (God bless president Bush!)
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To: milwguy

I guess she's waiting for a study to be completed, then will assign the decision making to a committee. She should have an answer by next year.


32 posted on 09/07/2005 8:58:47 AM PDT by TX Bluebonnet
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To: milwguy
No one is this obtuse and incompetent for so long after a disaster. What is she hiding and why?
33 posted on 09/07/2005 8:59:56 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

She's crying herself to sleep.


34 posted on 09/07/2005 9:00:21 AM PDT by cwiz24 (I worked very hard on this tagline.)
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To: Phantom Lord
But a congressman has little to no power and/or authority with regards to this situation.

I disagree. He probably worked long and hard to get a couple pet earmarks in the recent highway bill, instead of trying to get federal funds for disaster planning.

Unless I hear he was extremely vocal about the lack of planning in NOLA (and his district includes part of the metro area), IMO he didn't show any leadership in trying to prevent this problem from happening. A Congressman can play a lot of hardball with local and state governments and use the bully pulpit to shame them into acting.

35 posted on 09/07/2005 9:00:23 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: milwguy
Good article on the incompetent Gov.


BTW, dont change the article title (add stuff if you must) but dont change it.

It helps for searching.
36 posted on 09/07/2005 9:00:36 AM PDT by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: edcoil

After which, they should be removed from office and forced to do volunteer work for the Red Cross, Salvation Army and ASPCA, spending at least 6 months with each agency.

It would never happen, but I liked the thought. They must realize how unfit for public service they are and how many people have died as a result of their acts and omissions. In the event that they are, in fact, as clueless as they seem, many months of public service dealing with those affected might make them understand.

Shame. Shame. Shame.


37 posted on 09/07/2005 9:01:03 AM PDT by armyavonlady
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To: kenth
"[Blanco] likes to accumulate as much information as possible before finalizing a major decision."

Here's all the information she needed:

1 - a major hurricane is coming.

2 - you didn't prepare adequately.

3 - So hand it over to the feds.

Instead, she has tried to cover up her own incompetence at the cost of human lives.

38 posted on 09/07/2005 9:01:57 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: Skylab

Liberal males and liberal females. They fall apart in disasters. But at least, they cry alot. That looks good to the Oprah crowd.


39 posted on 09/07/2005 9:02:01 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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Where's the lt. gov.? Mitch Landrieu, isn't it? Didn't he try to do anything constructive, or did he just rubber stamp Blanco's execrable decision making?
40 posted on 09/07/2005 9:03:35 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: cwiz24
She's crying herself to sleep.

She'll be crying harder when whatever she's trying to hide comes to light.

41 posted on 09/07/2005 9:04:06 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: TBarnett34

How about "Mayor Slams Governor for Squalling"


42 posted on 09/07/2005 9:04:53 AM PDT by najida (I'm ashamed to share the same chromosomes with Blanco.)
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To: ClancyJ

We will find out in the 2006 Governors election?


43 posted on 09/07/2005 9:04:54 AM PDT by Milligan (Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead!)
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To: wallcrawlr
BTW, dont change the article title (add stuff if you must) but dont change it.

The only thing that I don't agree with in the title is the word "Mayor" in front of Nagin's name. What is he mayor of now....thousands of corpses and the plans for the next Mardi Gras?

44 posted on 09/07/2005 9:05:20 AM PDT by ShowMeMom (America: The home of the free because of the brave.)
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To: milwguy
Hillary may actually take a hit on this hurricane because of Blanco.

Blanco is displaying the stereotypical image of women. She is quite emotional and very indecisive. If the population as a whole is watching how this woman handles a crisis maybe they will be turned off on Hillary?

BTW, I am a woman. I know great women leaders exist. Condi and Margaret Thatcher just to name a few. I am simply talking about perceptions and how Blanco has shown to be weak and incapable under pressure.
47 posted on 09/07/2005 9:06:47 AM PDT by Republican Red (''Van der Sloot" is Dutch for ''Kennedy.")
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To: evets

That looks like a cancerous growth on the great state of Texas that needs to be excised.


48 posted on 09/07/2005 9:06:58 AM PDT by kenth (north Georgia mountains - prayers for all our neighbors in the gulf coast.)
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To: milwguy
First and foremost, no Gorelicks allowed on the commission.
49 posted on 09/07/2005 9:07:06 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: mewzilla

In Louisiana, the Lt. Governor is really only the tourism director for the state. He really has no activities outside of that area.


50 posted on 09/07/2005 9:08:13 AM PDT by lnbchip
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